Classic Bike Guide

The wonder of Woolers


This year’s South of England Classic

Show on July 31 celebrates quirky British motorcycle manufactur­er Wooler.

John Wooler, grandson of the founder, will be there, along with the veteran

1911 Wooler 350cc nicknamed the The Flying Banana thanks to its distinctiv­e petrol tank.

The British Motorcycle Conservati­on Trust (BMCT) is booked to display its

1955 Wooler 500cc ohv flat four machine, the final model designed by Wooler, which showcased his love of innovation, regardless of commercial considerat­ions. Along with unique engine configurat­ions, the Wooler was famous for being designed to be worked on with just two spanners.

Held at the South of England Showground, near Gatwick, the show centres on the Queen’s Jubilee Hall, which will be packed with display bikes and club stands. The Abergavenn­y Building will be filled with an array of stalls, including traders, specialist service providers, jumblers, and private garage clearances, with even more to browse under cover in the adjacent Robins and Young Farmers Buildings. Outdoor pitches will line the routes connecting the buildings, including a range of caterers serving hot and cold refreshmen­ts. The South of England Showground can be found at Ardingly, RH17 6TL – eight miles from M23 junction 10, and it’s clearly sign-posted.

Gates open to the public from 10am on Sunday, July 31 and tickets cost £7 for adults. Accompanie­d children under 16 get in for free. Early bird admission from 7.30am is available for £10. Tickets are available online or visitors can pay by card or cash at the gate. Parking is free.

Tickets, stall bookings and all other info can be found at www.elk-promotions.

 ?? ?? John Wooler, grandson of the founder, on the veteran 1911 Wooler 350cc Flying Banana.
John Wooler, grandson of the founder, on the veteran 1911 Wooler 350cc Flying Banana.

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